Recruitment and Awareness Coordinator
Mary Miller is originally from Atlanta, but has a special place in her heart for Western North Carolina. She is thrilled to be spending her year as an AmeriCorps/LiteracyCorps member with the Literacy Council in beautiful Asheville. Mary graduated from New York University in May 2011, where she studied French and Creative Writing and studied abroad in Paris for her sophomore year. Living in a foreign language environment for nearly a year opened her eyes to many of the everyday challenges a non-native English speaker might face here in the United States. It gave her the desire to work with ESOL students upon her return. Since graduating from college, she has been a volunteer and paid ESOL instructor, a French and History tutor, a supervisor at an independent coffee shop in downtown Manhattan, and has worked for several nonprofits. Mary loves reading and playing music. Her goals this year are to be a support in whatever way she can for the Literacy Council and to gain a foundation for a career serving the public interest.
By Fred Chappell
Poet Laureate Emeritus of North Carolina
It waits as patiently as a forest trail
To take you to a place you must have heard about,
Quiet and exciting, a glade to be alone in,
With those who came before.
At first the journey is one slow letter at a time,
But sooner than you thought, you clip along,
Your pace growing smarter with each step.
You never arrive at an end
Because you never want to,
And a thousand other trails lead off from this one path,
Mysterious, inviting, alive with shadowy light.
The book will go with you as far as you desire.
And if you like, I will come with you.